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  1. 19 points
    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Who are the seven forum users that the NX9 has locked on for testing? @FromRightToLeft @Jbmullin @russtopherb @B.Boston @poprocksncoke @JonMUSC08 @perseveringgolfer @GolfSpy MPR Full announcement found here. Testers Wanted (7) Anyone that has read or better yet tried one of the previous versions of the Precision Pro rangefinders knows a couple things for sure. The company is very customer oriented, responding to any manor of questions promptly and efficiently. It's very first iteration of range finders—nexus- was among the least expensive on the market, but didn't meet with a huge success. Enter the NX7 series, and it's award winning performance in Most Wanted testing, and Precision Pro had a winner on it's hand, a very reliable, accurate rangefinder priced in the $200 to $250 range, with many comprable competitors sellingn for $350 to $450. Precision Pro held it's own in the land of the established icon brands. So with a product firmly entrenched in the value category, Precision Pro is introducing the next level of rangefinder for company. The NX9 offers an HD display to an already quality product. To find out all the tech behind it, you can read The First Look articles published earlier this spring Precision Pro Nx9 First Look So we are offering seven US or members from anywhere in the world, the chance to test/review and keep a NX9 HD rangefinder. Golfspy_MPR will be riding shotgun along with the testers on this as you, write a very through review for the forum, and provide ongoing thoughts during the review period in the review thread. How To Apply Please provide the following information in a separate post----DO NOT QUOTE or COPY THIS POST! First Name/City of Residence. Do you currently use a rangefinder or GPS for distance measuring or rely on good old eyeballing! If you use a device what model and brand We'll be selecting the testers next week. Be sure to check back and see if you've been selected.
  2. 18 points
    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Did you feel that? That small vibration that indicates that the Precision Pro NX9 HD rangefinder has locked on to its target? Who are the seven forum members that the NX9 has locked on for testing? @FromRightToLeft @Jbmullin @russtopherb @B.Boston @poprocksncoke @JonMUSC08 @perseveringgolfer And I'm excited to be joining in on this test as well. Congrats to these members, and we'll all be looking forward to seeing how the Precision Pro NX9 HD helps you take dead aim!
  3. 17 points
    Happy Father's Day Spies! My son and I at Ft Benning
  4. 15 points
    At 50 and now at 68. Getting fit has made a HUGE difference in everything I do now. It won’t cure a crappy golf game however you will feel and look better trying [emoji1320] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  5. 15 points
    While at my in-laws over the weekend my wife's uncle asked if I wanted some golf balls for the kids to hit in our backyard. Thinking he had a few left over in his bag he proceeded to come back with a 5 gallon bucket full of old and dirty golf balls. In addition to the requisite range balls there were some nice Topflight X-Outs, Magnas (bigger than your average ball!), Titleist Professional 90s, and some 20+ year old Hogan Edges. Those were all great but the one that really caught my eye was this: I don't know much about the ball but I see that @GolfSpy_X had one for sale in the forums back in 2011. Apparently it was given out as a playable sample during 2003 but never put into production. Definitely won't be hitting this beauty but I think I found my good luck charm for the rest of the contest!
  6. 14 points
    Thank you MyGolfSpy and Wilson! Wow! I am overwhelmed with emotions - excited, thankful, humbled, nervous, anxious - this is awesome! Excited and thankful for the opportunity to contribute. I've learned so much from this site and others reviews and I'm humbled to be included in that group. Nervous because I want to do my best and live up to everyone's expectations. Anxious to get started - like now.
  7. 14 points
    We interrupt this thread for an official announcement.... You want forgiveness You want distance You want power where you need it most You want control You want Wilson D7 and these -- 6 -- lucky golfers will be reviewing these irons for mygolfspy so give a hearty congratulations to these 2 ladies: @artful_golfer @GolfDorkette and these 4 gentlemen: @Steve2100 @JohnSmalls @GeekingGolf @Tarheelvolvo Looking forward to your thoughts testers! Good luck and hit 'em well.
  8. 13 points
    The Most Entertaining US Open This Decade It seems like we have all come to the consensus that the 2019 US Open was one of the best of all times. It really had it all this time. The best golfers in the world playing their best golf, a course that is iconic, punitive, yet still fair, and best of all, an outcome that kept us watching until that last player walked along the seaside on the 18th hole. As a whole, I think that we feel comfortable with Gary Woodland winning. He played great golf, with great composure, holding off a last day charge by the reigning king of majors, Brooks Koepka. Even though Rose faded a bit on Sunday, Brooks made enough shots to keep the pressure on Woodland, who ultimately shouldered it all with unflusterable confidence, securing his second best golf moment of 2019. Yes, I did say second best. His greatest achievement came earlier in the year in Arizona. Seriously, he’d need to win multiple majors to top his session with Amy at Waste Management this year. Regardless, Gary seems like a really good dude, and I truly enjoy seeing good things happen to good people. I’m not really writing this piece to talk about the outcome of the tournament. Lots of media outlets have already done that, and likely better than I ever could. Instead, I thought I would share my experiences while attending the US Open. I was fortunate enough to be granted a media badge for the event, and I thought that those of you who didn’t make the trip to Carmel would like to know what it was like to be there. So without further ado, I give you Dave’s Take on the 2019 US Open. The Fan Game Begins The Sunday Before While the main media and fan events start on Monday, it was actually possible to get on to the event site the Sunday before. While you couldn’t get out to check out the course, you could walk around the lodge and shops at Pebble Beach. If one of your golf goals is to enjoy a beer at the Tap Room, you can do that on Sunday, but not during the rest of the week as most of the facilities get converted into corporate suites. The big draw for many on that Sunday, myself included, was the official opening of the merchandise tent. The tent is massive. You’ve got clothing, artwork, hats, and other souvenir knick knacks that all sport the US Open logo. When we hit the shop about noon on Sunday, it was quite busy, but nothing like it would be later in the week. In many ways, this is the way to do it as far as shopping goes. On Sunday, you can park at the course, whereas the other days required you to be shuttled in from nearby Cal State Monterey University. If you buy your stuff Sunday, you can just take it home Sunday, removing the need to tote it around later in the week as you watch the golf. PRO TIP: There was a Merchandise Bag Check station where you could check your purchases while you hit the course to watch golf, picking them up later when you leave for the day. I believe this was a free service, but since I got my trinkets on Sunday, I didn’t use the bag check, and thus do not know for sure. For the record, I snagged a hat, poker chip, bag tag, and an amazing tartan pin flag designed by Seamus Golf for the US Open. Seamus had a nice little set-up in the tent, showcasing lots of their gear, and an anvil to get your metal items stamped at no extra cost. The ring of the anvil and hammer definitely attracted lots of folk to the area. Love how Seamus has grown over the past years. Again, sometimes good things happen to good people. Wife and I had lunch at The Bench, which would also be off limits to common folk for the week, but on Sunday we could sit on the patio with a lovely view of the back of the 18th grandstand. The view is definitely better on non-tournament weekends… Attending the Tournament Due to some family matters I needed to attend to, my wife and I departed the course on Sunday, and I was not able to return until the following Friday, with one day of the tournament already in the books. While I definitely missed out on some fun pre-tournament stuff, I like many of you, was able to keep up with the goings on through the US Open app. It was a serviceable app, but hopefully the people in charge of the 2020 majors apps take a look at the Masters app from this year. That app is hands down the best of the bunch so far. Busses to the Beach Attendees begin their day at the campus of Cal State University Monterey Bay where busses shuttle forty-five fan lots to the course. Ride time is about 30 minutes (though I did talk to someone who went in earlier in the week and the ride was closer to 60 minutes). He thought that the bus driver was likely lost when they drove by the same house for the third time. There have been some reports that Uber and Lyft cars caused some congestion and slowing as some fans went that route instead of the shuttle. Even with that, the bus system worked very well. The lines were long, but the USGA hired a ton of busses, so you basically walked through the serpentine ropes at a steady pace until you reached a bus. Never once did I wait for a bus to arrive. I was quite impressed with the scale of this bussing operation, especially after learning that they had a second system to bus the hordes of volunteers to a different parking location, and a third shuttle system for media. Be Prepared for Walking The walk from the bus to the course was not a short one, so bring some comfortable shoes. This becomes even more important as you will also likely be walking all over the place during the event. Your walk from the bus was surprisingly entertaining and informative. The USGA had set up lots of posters about past events, a graffiti wall to write your name on, a huge merchandise tent to drop dollars in, food and beer stations, and a big sign for your social media photos. Walking into the event felt like you were walking into an event. You quickly forgot the distance that you are covering. Back to walking the course. You know that you walk miles and miles when you play golf, but at a golf tournament, you’ll likely walk more as you cannot just cross the holes wherever you wish. Rarely are you going as the crow flies. Most of the time, it reminded me of walking around a buddy’s marker on the green, traveling sixty feet to cover six. You’ll hike from hole to hole, on adventures to find concessions and restrooms. Sometimes you'll be thwarted in your progress as the marshalls hold back the fans so that golfers can move along the course. You are going to walk, walk, and then walk some more. Unless you can show medical need, and then there are scooters available for rental. No golf boards though... I was quite satisfied with my choice of running shoes. You could go probably spike-less golf shoes too, but you will be walking on grass, dirt, uneven terrain, concrete, and asphalt. Sneakers were perfectly versatile, and though the weather was a bit damp, I experienced not a drop of shoe sop. It’s the US Open after all. Not like they water the course after Tuesday. Concessions are Expensive Though not unusual for any sporting events, you will get soaked in the wallet should you want to eat or drink. Beers are about $10, with burgers and such costing about the same. Lunch will probably set you back about $25. Should you want water, premium lunch offerings, and multiple beers, you are likely spending double that or more. Of course this is not a unique US Open thing. All sporting events, and every movie theater ever, mark up their concessions by about 500%, with the one exception being the Masters. As I drank my $10 Sculpin (12 oz.), I contemplated why we as consumers have let this happen. I would never, ever buy a six-pack of Michelob Ultra for $60 in a store, but loads of folk had them in hand as they strolled. Perhaps it’s a warming the frog situation, where gradual increases in price have got us to this point. I love beer, but I feel like I am reaching that backlash point where I say no, that’s too expensive. There is a rebellion waiting to happen in our stadiums and our theaters. At some point, we are going to push back against the mark-up, or maybe, we take the opine option, and just keep paying an extra $8 for the privilege of having a beer at a special location. Getting drunk on the course definitely required investing a weeks rent money to get that way. Be Prepared for Blue Room (Blues) Like the busses, the USGA again did a pretty good job with the number of porta-potties on the course. There were lines, but nothing too long. A key spectator goal is to find the ones that are stealthily placed. We found a batch of four that were never occupied, and thus still pretty clean. Some of the others were a little rough as animals with no aim had issues with trajectory. Do you want to get more women into the game of golf? Don’t piss on the seat in the blue room. Watching Golf at the Event Watching the golf at the US Open is not like watching it at home on TV. Don’t take that statement at negative, just that it is very different. If you’ve attended big venue sporting events, you know that this is true. The last time my Sacramento Kings made the playoffs, I had a seat in the very top row of the arena. I really couldn’t see much of the details on the court, but the eruptions of energy during the game were amazing, and only by attending can you experience that phenomenon. The thing about watching golf in person is that you need to accept that you won't see it all. It happens at a huge venue, making viewing what is going on from one place impossible. You’ll either need to move from spot to spot to follow the action of a few golfers, or camp out at one location to see the golfers at that one place as they roll through. Both strategies have their advantages and disadvantages, and both will differ from how you’d be watching at home. On Friday, my cohort began the day as wandering fans. We wanted to see the course, but were a bit lazy about it since we had attended the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 as well. That year, we walked the whole thing since none of us had ever been on the course before. I still need to play this beast at some point. Feel free to paypal me the $550 for greens fees. So we walked around, and paused to watch when golfers came through holes we were near. Landing areas off the tee are great spots to watch from (find them by looking for lots of divots). You’ll see the results from the tee, and get to watch the approach shots. Keep an eye on the tee sheet that they give you at the gate to know who will be coming through a hole next. We probably watched 14 holes as we wandered around that morning. At some point, we switched strategies and became hole campers. We walked by the 9th tee and saw lots of space at the rope, so we dropped our chairs and settled in to watch groups file through. This was a close up view of the players, and a great hole to watch tee shots as they needed to hit a big one on that silly long par 4. We watched for a while, and then decided to sit and wait for the Tigersurge. The Tigersurge One thing that you will not be able to experience from the comfort of your living room is the surge in fans when a popular player moves into a hole. Ricky, Jordan, and Phil all bring significant surges with them, but nothing like the Tigersurge. Remember, we were able to sit at the rope when we got to the 9th. Once we were getting close to Tiger Time, that tee box had the population of a small town. People follow Tiger all around the course, watching him hit all of his shots on all of the holes. For hole campers, it is an amazing site to see the Tigersurge roll in, and then depart after he hits his shot. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced anything like it in another venue. Maybe the crowd surge after an opening band finishes and the headliner approaches, but I think that’s still not quite the same. Hundreds, if not thousands of fans travel the course with Tiger. It’s a sight to see for sure. (A buddy grabbed that shot for me from his TV last Friday.) On Saturday, we camped out in a spot that we noticed on the way out the day before, just to the left of the green on the first hole. The first hole is not the sexiest hole at Pebble Beach by a long shot, but I think that lower status helped us to score prime real estate. We had a great spot to see where the tee shots landed, as well as approach shots and putting. It was fun to really get a feel for the green by watching so many players putt it. After a while, we would make predictions about what the results would be, and most were just about right. We knew which putts would be short, or low, and so on. Hole One was a fun green to watch because it was challenging. Lots of pars, and only five or so birdies from the whole group of cut makers. One three jack too. It was painful to watch doubles happen on the first hole of the day. Sitting by the first hole, we could also see that the rough was deadly. There were spots where players could still reach the green, but other landing zones were brutal. Rory had a rough go, and Xander had a lie so bad that he accused the marshal who found his ball of stepping on it. To me, this was a testament to the USGA and their minions of grounds crew members. Good shots were good, but if you got loose, it was penal. That’s how it should be. This was the anti-Chambers Bay execution. If you can’t hit fairways, your black number is not on the USGA this time around. In 2010, we camped out on the much more iconic 7th hole, but the spot where we sat back then were not accessible to fans this time around. Instead, there was a large grandstand to watch. The grandstands fill up early, and if you leave, you lose your spot. Again, it’s a different experience if you take that route. Lots and lots of people were out on that three hole stretch. Another reason that we avoided the 6-7-8 peninsula this time around was the weather. It was pretty cold on the course, and the wind off the point was icy. It was very grey all days, as the marine layer came in and stayed in. Once we got back home, it was interesting to see how they adjusted the color for television. It was much brighter on TV, and definitely didn’t speak to the cold grayness that we experienced in person. On Saturday, the temperature didn’t break 60 °F, with the wind making it feel colder than that. If I was going to pick my favorite venue to watch from, I’d probably pick my living room on Sunday afternoon. We were not able to stay for the last day, so I watched the drama unfold from the comfort of my couch. I really like having the ability to watch the leaders play the different holes and to see the build up as they head for the finish. That really is just not possible on the course. You’d need to be in two or three places at once to do so. If you want the Sunday drama, you probably need a television. It's so good to be there, but the cameras on each hole can tell a more complete story. Flipping the script, some of the experiences from the tournament can only be obtained at the course. Camping out so close to the players on the 9th, and watching them hit powerful drives was unreal, not to mention surfing the Tigersurge. You’ll never become an expert on a single hole by watching TV, but you can if you spend the day sitting by the green. Both of these situations were amazing, and different from TV golf, which is really the point of attending in person. Random Robbie One other thing that you’ll get to experience at the event are assholes. The vast majority of people are civil human beings, but there is something about golf that lets loose the lower brain functions in some. You’ll hear all of the mashed potatoes, bababooey, get in the hole, and other creative bullshit yelled when golfers hit their shots. We had some guys behind us that were actually rehearsing what they would say when Tiger hit his shot. Who knew that there were so many different inflections of Taco Cheese. This was like an hour before Tiger would hit that tee. While they were ultimately pretty annoying to be around, I couldn’t help but respect their dedication to their craft. It’s not just someone expressing spontaneous sentiment. These shouts are planned and practiced. Who knew? It was obvious that they were really enjoying the process. Good for them, and good for us, when they departed with the Tigersurge. Going Again in 2027? So the question that I reflected upon at the end of the week was would I be attending in 2027 when the US Open once again returns to Pebble Beach. Actually, I had previously planned to be in attendance at Torrey Pines in 2021. I feel like the answer is yes, but maybe it’s a cautious yes. Amazing things are witnessed when you attend, but you do miss the real ebb and flow of the tournament. It is a physically demanding event to attend, and don’t forget expensive. Still though, it would be pretty fun and memorable to spend Father’s Day in 2021 at Torrey with my then 21-year-old son. I think I'm down to go again, but I had better start saving the beer money now. If you have any questions, be sure to ask. I'm happy to expand on anything
  9. 13 points
    I foolishly agreed with those guys at one point in my life even though my pro back in Wisconsin started by asking what my goals were because if they were to play on the champions tour I needed to hit the gym. Through lessons, proper fitting and the ability to play/practice year round once we moved to Florida, I got myself all the way down from 5 to below a 2. At 55 I was extremely competitive as a senior player in a county of nearly a million people. But age an extra weight, lack of fitness and extra weight caught up with me. I drifted from the mid 160’s in my 20’s and 30’s to the mid 180’s in my 40’s (not bad - just a little paunch like most middle aged guys). Not enough extra weight to impact my swing or my game at that age. But as I moved to my late 50’s stuff started happening, fast - work became stressful, 185 became 195 and inching towards 200, 205, 210. Suddenly I had a heart issue (genetically predisposed to it) and even though that’s controlled through an ablation and medication I was on the verge of diabetes. On the golf course I lost 30 yards and my scores as ended accordingly. Frankly I only played golf for social reasons, the fun wasn’t in the game anymore, it was in spending time with friends. It was in one of those round after failing to carry a pond that I could hit a 5 wood over five years prior that a long time friend asked when the baby was due. That was late January of 2018. When I stepped on the scale at the start of my fitness program on February 4th I weighed 209 buck naked. My goal was to get back to 185. I got there by late April and didn’t stop. I got to my college playing weight 168 for my 62nd birthday in October and weighed 165 on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter so I’m maintaining. Had a physical two weeks ago and my doctor flipped out. She said I’m a totally different person than the last time that she saw me - blood work great, BP 110/68 vs 130/85, sitting heart rate 64 v 85. I told her I was working on moving the needle a tad lower to 162. She said great idea but not too much lower than that. Weighed in this morning at 161.9. Who cares about golf, fitness matters for life - any argument against it is foolish. You owe it to the people whom you love and yourself to stay as fit as possible. But since the question was about golf - I’ve regained 25 yards with driver, a full club plus with irons - my last four rounds I’ve shot 77,70,77 and was 2 under Sunday afternoon when the rains came. One of those rounds was competitive the others casual. I’m being accused of sandbagging i my leagues - I’m not - it just takes a bunch of 9 hoke rounds for the handicap to catch up - I was a 9 (for 18) in one league and a 7 in the other so getting 5 and 4 a side. It absolutely matters but golf is the least of a person’s worries. This from a guy who will be burying a non fit 59 year old on Saturday. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  10. 13 points
    US Open Winners Announcement Guess what??? Our Wilson Boy, and hometown here, Gary Woodland was your key to victory in the 2019 US Open #SpyStaffSlam. Count this one for the home team! Out of 806 entries, only 31 picked Gary woodland to win and they make up the top 31 on our standings. I see an "Anonymous Lemur" logged into my tracking sheet so at least one person gets the scoop on the rest of you. This major brought about much higher $$ totals than normal since the leader board was so diverse at the top and Brooks took 2nd alone. A perfect lineup would've been Koepka, Woodland, Oostheizen, BH An, and Reavie totalling $4,721,714 which is CRAZY since $3M is usually enough to win. ALSOOOO. We're getting better at following directions. 81% of the entries filled out a Tier 5 player. Go MGS! Speaking of the sheet, here's the link for your full, final standings: CLICK HERE Without further ado, our top 10: 10) @LankyGolf $3,121,612 Tiger, Woodland, Lowry, Furyk, Reavie 9) @Fjd $3,144,552 Xander, Woodland, Fitzpatrick, Furyk, None 8 @dvdmrtndl $3,630,000 Koepka, Woodland, List, Grace, Noren 7) @Zstaff36 $3,659,534 Koepka, Woodland, C Smith, CH3, Harding 6) @Banana Slice $3,661,500 Koepka, Woodland, Sabbatini, Glover, Blair 5) @tzan $3,667,853 Koepka, Woodland, Kisner, Dufner, HV3 4) @morningteesheet $3,706,071 Koepka, Woodland, List, Furyk, Noren Onward to the Prizes! THIRD PLACE AND WINNER OF A DOZEN WILSON BALLS: By virtue of the tiebreaker, with a guess of -15, @Joelhig $3,706,071 Koepka, Woodland, List, Furyk, Noren SECOND PLACE AND WINNER OF A WILSON D7 DRIVER: @Chriscolon $3,868,526 Koepka, Woodland, McDowell, Furyk, Vegas FIRST PLACE AND WINNER OF A CUSTOM WILSON IRONS SET: @AntA585 $3,977,387 Koepka, Woodland, Oostheizen, SW Kim, HV3 Congrats to our winners! Look out for a PM from me with further instruction. If you didn't win, there's still 1 more chance at The Open Championship. See you all next month!
  11. 13 points
    Happy Father’s Day all. Me and my son getting ready to win the Father Son at our club. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 13 points
    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! If you've never felt like this kid, I'm pretty sure you've never played golf seriously: (If you've ever acted like this kid, you might be taking it too seriously.) Improving putting is a great way to knock strokes off your handicap. And these five forum members are going to put a great package of items into use to see if they can see real improvement in their games: @Kanoito @HardcoreLooper @Peaksy68 @tommc23 @gaussman1 Guys, be looking for a message from me about getting this testing started! Everyone else, be watching to see if this is part of the answer for our putting problems!
  13. 12 points
    Shot my best 9 hole round of the year last night: I'm not 100% sure where the driving skills came from, but I was incredibly confident off the tee yesterday. Perhaps I was motivated by playing with a college golfer and trying to keep up with his drives. (There was not a snowball's chance in hell of that happening) Average drive yesterday was 246yds and the longest drive was 260yds. Since the course is still soaked, all of my drives came with no roll. This beauty is just a beast on the course!
  14. 12 points
    End of Week 1. Here we go with the recap and announcement for Week 2. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Week 1 Recap... Competitors: Seeing a bit of a shuffle here as @Bucky CC campaigned hard to earn votes for his intro, won the week, and jumps to 1st place in the standings. With 99 total votes, this poll had a very nice turnout. Forum Members: Thanks to all that submitted votes and participated in week 1. Here goes the spin for our lucky winner of a Puma cap and Polo: CONGRATS! Keep an eye out for a PM from me. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Week 2 Challenges... Many of the challenges this year are similar to last year but we've got some new wrinkles to introduce for some unique flavor. Various weekly prizes will be available to forum members based on challenges set forth. Competitors: Enough of the popularity contests, let's see what these guys have got!! Tried and true, we're getting off the tee in fashion to hit some fairways. Our competitors will be graded on their FIR % for the week plus a bonus based on baseline driving handicap. The competitors will also be sharing a 100-word review this week of the driver now that they're putting it to a trial by fire Forum Members: Trivia Time. Keep an eye out on the thread this Saturday. Sometime during the day, I'll post a trivia question based on the testers intros. First person to answer correctly gets the prize. Forum Member Prize: The lucky winner this week will receive a pair of Puma NXT Solelace Golf Shoes. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  15. 12 points
    Happy Father’s Day Gentlemen! It’s a tough and rewarding job. Enjoy your kiddos today! Ours are heading off to a week of summer camp. I might sneak in a round later. But first coffee! PS: .... My oldest turns 13 today!! [emoji33]
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    Field is up to 144; ever growing. Deadline to enter is Friday then we'll get our pairings, tee times, flights, and special rules on Sunday. Getting closer to crunch time!! I used Top Golf as my dinner spot the last 2 evenings to work on my fatigued game and to continue working the wipey fade out of my swing. Both objectives complete. I felt a little stiff at first tonight but started swinging on all cylinders pretty shortly into it. Even posted the top score of the night: I'll have to retrain myself to hit off grass next time out but this was a productive 2 days. Starting to feel really good about my swing heading into the final week before showtime.
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    WHOA. Thanks @GolfSpy Stroker @GolfSpy STUDque! Honestly, a little nervous but pumped for this! @Wedgie@russtopherb@Shankster@MaxEntropy thanks for the kind words guys! Definitely hoping for a little Gary and Wilson magic. Going to be hitting bombs in no time!
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    Sorry boys (and girls), but I'll be leaving you all soon to enjoy my newfound fame as a social media influencer. I've hit the big time.
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    My first 18 holes since late November! No shoulder pain only a bit sore. A forgettable 90 but successful in some way. Driver was really good, irons horrible and putter wasn’t helpful. Sure is good to play pain free golf[emoji106][emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  21. 11 points
    Ok so not a good golf day for me but the course is beautiful. The only highlight was my driving which was pretty good all day.
  22. 11 points
    I cracked it!! Shot an 88 today at Da Club...with 42 putts. Hit some very good, some good and some bad but I was just humming along playing my game. The driver is coming along. I changed the setting to upright and it seems, at this stage, to be what I needed. Longest drive was 257 and shortest (off the heel) was 193. All in all, I'm happy.
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    Guys and Dolls scramble (seniors and ladies). We didn't win, but I got KP with a perfectly executed 8 iron from 137 yds using a Snell MTB Red for this shot....
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    This is unrelated to the challenge itself but the wife surprised me with my Fathers day gift early this morning. I finally have a new putter that I've been eyeing. Its a Ping Sigma G Tyne. I've rolled it a ton at PGASS but never wanted to buy it since I already spend a bunch on golf. It was an awesome surprise. She gave it to me today so I could get acclimated during the scramble tonight and be ready to play with my Brother-in-law this upcoming week on vacation. Hopefully we'll see some better scoring from it in the rounds to come!
  25. 11 points
    Ok, I’ll fill you guys in on my secret. I don’t think she’s on here... if she is, she’s a better spy than me. My original proposal was terrible, we were in a huge fight and I just threw the ring at her from across the room and said blanking marry me. So, I am going to get the kids to help me make it right, and on the 5th night, 1 day for each kid to give little cues... I’m going to “go for a run” around sunset and have the kids lure their mom to the beach where I’ll be waiting. Then hopefully we can plan our vow renewal ceremony right on our beach. She’s wanted a beach wedding for ever with her dress cut shorter.... Perfect chance!
  26. 10 points
    Fantastic! Thank you MGS and @PrecisionProGolf I have never used a laser before and coincidentally today at the range I was hitting a tight group of 6 irons and 50* wedges but I had no idea what distance they were. Perfect for a laser I thought! Came back here and BOOM! wish granted. Looking forward to putting this through range, bounce games and competitive testing. Congratulations to my fellow MGS testers.
  27. 10 points
    This is an absolute thrill, I'm excited to get this started! I've never used a laser before, just phone apps and an older Garmin watch I picked up used, so this is going to be a neat experience as a first timer to see how quickly I get adjusted and learn to use it. Big thanks to MGS and Precision Pro!!
  28. 10 points
    Sometimes my kids do things that amaze me. My 13 year old son just recited all 45 US Presidents in order, the years they were in office and their political party from memory. And not because he has a test in this just because he wanted to know it. I am either raising a future Jeopardy winner or someone that will just have a lot of useless knowledge. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. 10 points
    3 days into my vacation and I haven’t had to answer a phone call.
  30. 10 points
  31. 10 points
    Shot 40/40:80 today with a birdie on par 4 #9 and par 3 #17. Both held for skins($27 each) and took 2nd place for $31. We had two rain interruptions but finished Sunny. All in all, a great day. BTW, I gamed my Rogue Driver and played a Wilson Duo Soft Ball. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  32. 10 points
    I know she will probably never read this but please don't disparage your wife like this.
  33. 10 points
    A few pictures from Mackinac yesterday. If I ever go again I’ll spend 4 days and hit up all 3 golf courses, and that sweet little grass putt putt course.
  34. 10 points
    Happy Father’s Day! My Dad at my littlest’s baptism years ago. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  35. 10 points
    Hit a few 7 irons, and christened the new (2nd hand) 5 wood. I think I'm going to be pretty happy with the Cobra F8 fairways. I definitely need to work on my core, as well as my shoulder. Posture is decidedly ugly, not far off a pretzel at the moment
  36. 10 points
    Went out for 9 yesterday. Shot a 47. 3 putted twice. 3 double bogies. So many missed opportunities. I would love to have a @Bucky CC type score to report, but it's not in the cards yet. I am loving the challenge to get to that level though. Loving the Cobras on the course. Throughout the bag, I don't ever feel like it is difficult to make clean contact with the ball, even in the thickest rough. When I stop leaving my club face open, I love the ball flight and results. Was the perfect after work 9. The weather was beautiful and the course, Rackham Golf Course, is a Donald Ross design so it challenges you to think throughout, which I really enjoyed.
  37. 10 points
    Last night was one of the happiest in my life not for me, but for my son. He has been playing little league baseball since he was 5 when dads pitched. Back then he was the best hitter on the team. At 7 kids starting pitching. His very first at bat he was drilled in the back by a pitch and has been bailing out of the box for the last 7 years. He is now 14 but still plugging away at the game he loves. Sitting through game after game for 7 years watching him not swing the bat has been painful to watch and heartbreaking to see my son go through. Last night was the first round of the playoffs and my son came to bat in the bottom of the last inning, his team down by one with the bases loaded. He was 0 for the season as he stepped to the plate. First pitch called strike and I'm thinking please just swing the bat. Pitch 2 a line drive single up the middle to score 2 and win the game. The celebration the ensued made the last 7 years all worth it and I could not be prouder of my son than I am now. Not for the hit, for sticking with it.
  38. 9 points
    Woo! Thanks MGS! Looking forward to putting this through its paces with the other testers and letting the community know if it lives up to expectations. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  39. 9 points
    Things getting more consistent. Still working on the pro's sound advice, hard to put into practice when you have a tight tee shot with OB down the right so I did have 5 bogies and a double, the double bogie was on a par 3 when I was 6yrds away from the pin in one, fluffed chip, chipped on and 2 putts, from nowhere. 3 birdies saw a 74 but an enjoyable striking and putting round. Here's out Par 5 15th, a driver can sometimes get over this hill, and if you are left of this marker you get another 80yds giving a 'possible' chance to get on in 2. I was just left of my trolley- sharp eyed viewers will notice no driver in my bag (yet) - so it was 4W to here, another 4W just left of the two bunkers on the right, 54* wedge to 10 feet and holed for a birdie. Our course is in very good condition this year.
  40. 9 points
    Played a Exec 9 this morning. Shot -1, 2 birdies & 1 bogey. Felt really good to be back playing. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  41. 9 points
    The biggest difference for me is that I've never used an X flex driver before this contest. Most of that is due to the SuperSpeed program that I did over the winter. My old stiff flex driver shaft wasn't necessarily a bad fit but the ATMOS Black shaft in X flex seemed to be much more consistent for me to hit than any of the stiff offerings Cobra had. Iron shafts are very similar stiff flex, low spin-low launch profile as my previous gamers. The F9's launch higher but the shaft feels the same.
  42. 9 points
    To one of our heavy contributors out there, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish to you my friend! Let us know if you have any big plans, and keep hitting them straight! CHEERS!!!
  43. 9 points
    Alright let's do this. First vacation round in t minus 2 hours.
  44. 9 points
    If you’re paying attention to USGA rules (not “Tour” rules) then once you start playing a hole you must finish the hole with the same ball, unless it is lost or damaged. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  46. 9 points
    I've been chasing that little white orb since the late 70's. Started with a used set that was a little on the short side, I was told that they were cut down to shorten the shaft. Finding used left handed clubs in the late 70's was difficult to say the least. But I hacked and slashed my way around the course for almost 10 years with those clubs. Then I found another used set a little better fit for me, over the years I would find other used clubs that were better each time. I made a promise to myself that one day I would get myself new clubs. That day has finally arrived. I got fit by Ping and ordered a complete set of Ping G410's. Driver, 3 & 5 Wood, 20* Hybird, 5 thru LW irons. Not sure if my game will improve but I'll look good out there (LOL) It's like Christmas in June Chris
  47. 9 points
    Wooo!! I’m free!!!!
  48. 9 points
    41 (par 37) 4/7 fir 5/9 gir 17 putts I actually played pretty well today for the first time in what feels like forever. Funny enough I lost a stroke laying up when I cooked it too far left playing off of a lie where the ball was almost waist level. Lost another trying to flight one low that I just launched and hit a tree that couldn't have been more than a ball's width. That's golf!
  49. 9 points
    It took me a very long time to be able to shoot in the 70's on a somewhat regular basis. My two biggest improvements came when I took a summer of Golftec lessons about 10 years ago to develop a repeatable swing, and then a few years ago when I started playing on a regular basis with people that were better than me. The most I've ever learned in an individual round came two years ago when I watched a 60+ year old play a 6700 yard course and shoot 68. He never drove the ball more than 250 yards but everything was center of the fairway, approach shot on the green below the hole, and no missed putts outside of 10 feet. It was amazing to watch.
  50. 9 points
    Pitching wedge. Hands down. The problem is really hugely mental. I'm putting a 50° pw that is 38 inches long way in front of center in my stance. It just breaks my brain. I want to swing it like it wedge. Which for me is shorter, and steeper but if I do that it's chunk city. So I have to stand tall and fire at it like it's a 5 iron. It's just crazy to grasp mentally. It's also an easy choice because I'm an inch longer than standard, I'm really playing all 5 iron length from my old set. So the 4 iron isn't really a big deal from a length perspective. Ball flight: my normal flight with say, a 7 iron is mid trajectory. I don't hit the ball super high like some friends I have do. With my old irons I fought an open face at impact occasionally which has basically disappeared. The new irons are just as high as my old ones, occasionally much higher and they stop on a dime. Story time: On the par 3 12th that plays about 180 to the flag and has a green that bakes in the sun all day and has water left and front. I always hit the thing short because it always rolls out. First round with the cobras I hit a towering shot with a 5 iron into the wind that I just knew was perfect. Lands 5 feet on and just stops dead. I get down there and there is barely even a ball mark where it hit. I'm not sure if it was the height or the spin but it messed me up pretty good. Left me with a 40 footer for birdie... Again this is limited experience. I'm going on vacation next week and plan to play 2-4 rounds so I should have a better since of these things then. I would say I'm still in an adjustment period with the irons for sure so it's hard to say anything concrete.
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